Londolozi – FAQs

Londolozi is more than just a place, it is a feeling—a feeling that simply cannot be described in words. Londolozi has a special place in our hearts as we’ve all worked there, spent many holidays there, or are even part of the family. Our Director Terri even got engaged there many moons ago!

Home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Africa (particularly famous for its leopards), Londolozi manages to earn a place in every visitor’s heart. Luxury accommodation, divine cuisine, and the ultimate African hospitality ensure that Londolozi is the ultimate African escape. We’ve got a list of the most frequently asked questions about Londolozi which we have put together so that you can find information about this spectacular destination with ease.

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  1. What is Londolozi?

Londolozi is a luxury lodge situated in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Londolozi effortlessly combines luxury, hospitality, and the wilderness—not a typically easy feat. The word ‘Londolozi’ is a Zulu word meaning ‘to protect’. John, Dave, and Shan Varty (the founders of Londolozi) chose the name to depict the aim of the lodge—to be a sanctuary for all living things.

  1. Where exactly is Londolozi located?

Londolozi is situated in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve which is possibly the most famous Private Game Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere. This game reserve adjoins the Kruger National Park which is located in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa.

  1. How do you get to Londolozi?

There are two ways to get to Londolozi namely, by road or by air. Londolozi is located 500km away from Johannesburg which translates to a six-hour drive. Londolozi offers transfers from the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport on request. You also have the option to take a scheduled flight to Londolozi. Federal Air offers daily flights from O.R. Thambo International Airport to the Londolozi Airstrip. Airlink also offers daily flights to Londolozi from Johannesburg and Cape Town to the Nelspruit KMIA and the Skukuza Airport. From there, a short transfer in a small aircraft will take you through to the Londolozi Airstrip.

  1. What is Londolozi’s policy with regard to children?

Londolozi emphasises the importance of family and therefore, children over six are always welcome. If you have children between the ages of six and 16, the Varty and the Founders camps are perfect for you. Children over six are certainly welcome on game drives, too! You can enrol your young children into the Londolozi Cubs Programme which will make sure that every day is filled with fun, and your children will learn the importance of conserving the biodiversity in Africa. Londolozi has a special Cubs Den for children which is specifically designed with children in mind. There are beautiful fishponds to splash in, tents to camp out in, and even Land Rovers for children to ‘drive’. The Cub Coach (an expert naturalist) takes children on educational, fun-filled bushveld excursions. Your children will learn how to identify different types of spoor, they will learn how to catch bugs, to do an African dance, and to make beads!

  1. Is Londolozi a suitable place for a honeymoon?

Yes! Londolozi offers a special Honeymoon Safari for newlyweds. Londolozi combines unsurpassed opulence with the African wilderness to create the ultimate honeymoon for you and your loved one. A honeymoon at Londolozi is an unforgettable experience—one that will live in your hearts forever. Londolozi even has its own dedicated Honeymoon Vehicle and private guide for game viewing, ensuring that newlyweds only experience the best game viewing that Africa has to offer.

  1. What activities are on offer?

Game drives are the highlight of the days that you spend at Londolozi, and you will be able to enjoy two game drives per day—one sunrise game drive and one sunset game drive. Londolozi also offers its guests the opportunity to go on bush walks, to go fishing, to experience the village and so much more. Guests can also opt to unwind with a professional massage or do a spot of yoga.

  1. What types of safaris does Londolozi offer?

Safaris at Londolozi are tailored to suit each individual’s needs; however all safaris at Londolozi emphasis game drives. Depending on when you choose to visit Londolozi, you will either follow the Summer Schedule or the Winter Schedule. Both schedules make certain that guests have the ultimate game viewing experiences throughout the day—so not to worry! The Londolozi rangers also specialise in photographic safaris and therefore Londolozi safaris are ideal for photographers. Londolozi is known for its breath-taking scenery which makes it perfect canvas for wildlife photography. It is the ideal place to take awesome photos of the big cats. Londolozi is so dedicated to photographic safaris that it even has its own photographic studio that allows guests to edit and print their very best safari shots. Guests can even book a private Land Rover with their very own photographic tutor!

  1. What does a typical day at Londolozi look like?

Each day differs from day to day because each safari experience is tailored to suit every guest’s specific needs. If you visit Londolozi in the summer, your day will begin with a gorgeous sunrise game drive at 5.30. After the thrilling adventure of an early game drive, you will be treated to a superb breakfast to fill you up. You can then choose to go on a lovely bush walk, do a spot of yoga, lounge around in your lodge, or you could even visit the wellness spa for a quick treat. Lunch is served at 1.30 and you will be able to indulge in only the best cuisine. Londolozi understands the importance of treating its guests to only the best food available. Cuisine at Londolozi pays tribute to its commitment to sustainability and its respect of the environment. Home grown, organic produce, free range game, and fresh herbs are the stars of Londolozi’s delightful menu. Many of Londolozi’s recipes have been handed down through the Varty family, but all of the recipes featured were brought to life in Londolozi’s bustling kitchen. At 16.00 guests are treated to a lavish high tea, after which they can hop onto the sunset game drive. Dinner is then served at 19.30. Winter follows a similar schedule with the day starting with a sunrise game drive at 6.00, and ending with the sunset game drive at 15.30, and dinner served at 19.00.

  1. Why Londolozi?

Londolozi epitomises everything luxurious and hospitable about Africa. In 2014, Londolozi was named the best hotel in the entire world by Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Awards—an absolute global honour! Londolozi is also world-renowned for its gorgeous leopards. To spot a leopard is an absolutely exhilarating experience, but Londolozi manages to take the idea of ‘spotting’ leopards to a whole new level. Londolozi’s intimate leopard sightings are truly phenomenal and an experience that is not to be missed. Londolozi is an out-of-Africa adventure that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

 

  1. What’s on offer at the Londolozi Wellness Centre?

The Londolozi Wellness Centre is committed to promoting healing. Guests can enjoy specialised yoga classes that are suitable for anyone—beginners and intermediate yogis alike. What could bring you closer to nature than doing yoga on the Yoga Deck which is suspended high up in a 500 year old ebony tree? Equally healing and relaxing, why not treat yourself to some massage therapy? Londolozi offers Swedish massages, aromatherapy massages, and reiki. You can even opt to have your massage in the privacy of your own room or deck! And, of course, Londolozi would never neglect its fitness fanatics. Its fully equipped gym offers running, cycling, and rowing machines, and it is open 24 hours a day!

Please do let us know if you have any more questions on Londolozi and the magic that awaits you there.

FAQs — 10 Things To Know Before You Go On Safari

Organising a safari is always exciting, however, it can be a little bit daunting if it’s your first time. It’s even daunting for people who have gone on safari before because things change and different places require different things. In order to put your mind at ease, we’ve compiled a list of our top ten most frequently asked questions when preparing for a safari.

  1. Are all safaris the same?

Definitely not. There is an incredibly wide variety of safaris to choose from. Most people think of the traditional African safari trips—you know, the Big Five sightings, the African savannah, the vast plains … But, you can also go on boat (mokoro) safaris in Botswana or even ocean safaris in Mozambique! This is a great way to see hippos, elephants, and even crocs up close. Another thing to remember is that there are different types of game drives at different times of the day.

  1. Will I definitely see the Big Five?

This is something that really can’t be guaranteed. Unfortunately, nature is unpredictable, so it really is just all about luck. Don’t get obsessed with seeing the Big Five—just sit back, relax, and enjoy the things that you do see – you will no doubt be blown away by the experience!

  1. Do I need a visa to travel to Africa?

This truly depends on which country in Africa you are visiting, and which country you are coming from. If you are visiting Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, or South Africa, and you are from either the UK or the US, you will not need a visa if your visit will be less than 90 days. If you’re visiting Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, and you’re from the UK or the US, then you will need a visa, but you can obtain one when you arrive in the country for approximately $50.00 per person. If you’re visiting Mozambique or Uganda, and you’re from the US or the UK, then you need to obtain a visa before you travel to these countries.

  1. Do I need to get any vaccines?

Yes. You need to book an appointment with your doctor to make sure that they can recommend the most up-to-date vaccine advice. You need to let them know where you’re going and for how long. Also inform them about any stop-overs that you might be having because if you stop over in Kenya at all, you will need to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever. Other African countries will not allow you to enter from Kenya if you have not had this vaccine. Most game parks in Africa are malaria areas so it is important to take malaria medication. The vaccines that are generally prescribed are for Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and diphtheria, but your doctor will be able to advise you on this.

  1. Which currency will I need to take with me?

It’s best to use US dollars in Africa. However, South Africa does not accept US dollars, and so you will need to take the South African Rand if you will be staying in South Africa. You can use your credit cards as well, although the surcharge might be quite large.

  1. Is it safe to visit Africa?

Of course. We make sure that the countries where we operate our trips are safe, and we are kept up to date with regular updates about each country so we would be the first to know if there were any issues or safety concerns to worry about.

  1. Is there a specific dress code for a safari?

No. It’s important to dress comfortably and casually while you’re on safari. You should, however, take some smart casual clothes to the top lodges for the evenings. You should wear khaki for game drives, and you should bring along a polar fleece jacket for early morning game drives. Pack in a few cardigans or sweaters just to be safe because the evenings are sometimes quite cold. Here are a few more tips on what to pack when going on safari.

  1. Will I be able to charge my electronic devices?

Yes. Most of the lodges have an electricity supply of 240 volts and most use the UK-style plugs. South Africa is the exception because its sockets are either 2 prong or three prong with the larger, round pins. But, you will definitely be able to charge you camera batteries at all of the lodges.

  1. Will food and drinks be included in my accommodation fee?

Most safari lodges include your food and drinks in your accommodation fee but there are exceptions. You need to find out from your safari specialist whether or not your food and drinks will be covered by your specific lodge.

  1. Is it okay to drink the local water?

It’s best to be safe and to limit yourself to bottled water for your time spent in Africa. The safety of the water depends on the area so you can ask the camp manager whether or not the water is safe to drink.

For any other queries or questions you might have please contact us and we will be sure to help you out.

Where to See Leopards in Africa

The leopard is without a doubt the most beautiful and most elusive member of the Big Five. It’s the most sought after sighting amongst tourists and one that safari guides across Africa spend their days in search of. If you are lucky enough to see a leopard in your life… that moment will be one that you remember and treasure forever.

Leopards are solitary and stealthy predators whose mastery of camouflage makes them very difficult to spot. To increase your chance of seeing them you need to find their prime habitats where concentrations are greatest. It also really helps if guides are able to take you on night drives as well as drive off road in the reserve to follow these magnificent predators. A leopard sighting is truly a sight to behold but unfortunately seeing them really is down to luck. However, if you go to one of the 5 places listed below you will most definitely have better odds of witnessing this definitive wildlife experience.

Sabi Sands, South Africa

The Sabi Sands situated on the Kruger National Park’s western boundary has an incredibly high concentration of leopard. Within the Sabi Sands your best bet is most definitely Londolozi as this pinnacle safari destination prides itself in its incredible relationship with its leopards. The reserve contains hoards of the perfect leopard prey, its lush habitat and expanse of dense trees makes is perfect for leopards and guides are allowed to drive off road and at night in search of them.

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Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana

Moremi is a truly special place as it surrounds much of the Okavango Delta, Botswana’s wildlife hotspot. With herds of small antelope, monkeys, warthogs and the like the grassy floodplains and tall forest are prime leopard country. Most of the camps allow night and off-road driving which helps considerably too. Chiefs Camp in particular sits on the Delta’s largest island and is renowned for some of the best big game viewing in all of Africa and most notably leopard viewing.

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Samburu & Masai Mara Reserves, Kenya

The Samburu and Masai Mara National Reserves both have great reputations for excellent leopard sightings. Samburu a dry woodland area and the Mara an open rolling grassland are both prime leopard habitats. Leopards lie especially along the rivers, in the trees and in amongst the kopjes awaiting the arrival of their prey often which consist of the great herds that move annually into the areas.

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South Luangwa, Zambia

The exquisite South Luangwa Valley in central Zambia boasts one of the highest concentrations of leopard in Africa due to its high concentrations of prey. A wide and fertile alluvial plain nourished by the Luangwa River, the park’s wildlife ranges from aardvark to zebra and it has long been known for its dense concentrations of predators, especially lions and leopards. South Luangwa camps also offer some of Africa’s best walking safaris, which enable you to prowl this big predator country on foot!

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Kalahari Desert, Namibia and South Africa

The Kalahari Desert is a large “waterless” desert covering most of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. It is hot and rainfall is minimal but it is also home to a large collection of leopard, which graze and cool off by the few rivers in amongst the sandy plains, mostly up North towards Namibia.

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A leopard sighting is one of life’s true wonders, an experience you will never forget and one that will leave you speechless and covered (head to toe) in goosebumps! We wish you all the best on your quest to get up close and personal with Africa’s most magnificent predator.

Top Videos of 2017

Just in case you’ve missed out – here are some of our top #iconicmoments of 2017 caught on film. We hope that wherever in the world you are… watching these transports you into the African bush for even just a few minutes.

Enjoy!

Up Close and Personal with the Gorillas

Tree Leopard Londolozi

Lions Feeding

Curious Hyena Pup

Leopard at Dusk

Majestic Giraffe

Elephant Family at Marataba Safari Lodge

Property of the Month – Singita Lebombo

Iconic Africa’s relationship with Singita dates back decades and we certainly have a significant soft spot for their lodges – they really and truly are magical places. This month we’d like to congratulate Singita Lebombo as July’s Property of the Month.

Singita, means “place of miracles,” which truly embodies everything for which this incredible brand has become famous. Astonishing game viewing, amplified by exquisite accommodation and outstanding home-grown cuisine – all with a touch of genuine, warm African hospitality. For many avid African travellers, Singita represents the summit of luxury African safari. This world class experience has been recognised globally with endless awards in numerous travel publications! At last count Singita had in fact won “Top Hotel in the World” awards an implausible 16 times!

For a quick taste of the magic that awaits you there click on the video below:

Singita Lebombo perches ceremoniously along ancient cliff tops overlooking vast African plains and the magnificent Nwanetsi River. Set on the 33 000 acre private concession within the world famous Kruger National Park, this is a lodge that embodies African sophistication and an extravagant panache which only the Singita collection could have created. It is little wonder Singita Lebombo is consistently voted amongst the top hotels and lodges in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller and many others. Here are a few reasons why we love this lodge:

African extravagance

Singita Lebombo’s fifteen ultra-luxurious suites are an incredible combination of steel, wood and gentle African materials wrapped by a wall to wall glass casing and sweeping deck which boast exquisite African views.

Fine dining

Singita Lebombo has become renowned for its fine dining and its private wine collection. Each meal is expertly tailored by the Lebombo chefs to your tastes and preferences; paired by your Sommelier to ensure an enchanting African cuisine and wine experience.

Unmatched African discoveries

Singita Lebombo is however not just celebrated for its luxury. The 33 000 acre private concession covers 4 different eco-zones and offers a diverse selection of fauna and flora. This in turn supports a diverse and high density of wildlife. Early morning and late afternoon game drives venture into the Lebombo Mountains and expansive African plains. Skilled rangers and Shangaan trackers work tirelessly to ensure you are all but guaranteed your view of the mysterious Big 5.

Singita activities

In between game drives relax peacefully at the Lebombo swimming pool or treat yourself to an African Spa treatment. If you fancy something a little more energetic then wander across to the Lebombo gym, head into the African wilderness for a guided walk or hop onto a mountain bike and explore the Lebombo Mountains in the company of your game ranger.

Ideal holidays

An African luxury safari is the ultimate family vacation. Singita Lebombo welcomes children over the age of ten years and has a tailored kid’s programme to ensure your children are stimulated and entertained – while you relax! A family safari vacation is a time to bond with your loved ones, experiencing the wonders of Africa’s wilderness together, away from life’s many disruptions.
Whether you choose to unwind or partake in the many stirring Singita Lebombo activities; Iconic Africa is certain your stay at this luxurious lodge will exceed your wildest dreams, creating a lifespan of memories and awakening your passions to quintessential Africa.

Iconic Africa enjoys a long standing relationship with the Singita team which allows us swift and simple access to fantastic rates and availability. Simply contact one of our African safari experts and begin your journey to Africa with us.

 

Top 5 #safarilive Moments

Are you feeling miles away from the beautiful African bushveld? Do you miss the smell of the rain in the distance… the sound of the cicada symphony in the evening or the lion calls at night? Well we’ve got just the thing for you.

Great friend James Hendry and his #safarilive team bring live safari’s to you – wherever in the world you are. So why not jump on the game vehicle right now and join a LIVE African Safari here. Or scroll down for #safarilive’s 5 top encounters of 2017 so far.

A massive thank you to James and the team for sharing all these wonderful moments of our incredible African wildlife with us.

Enjoy!

  1. Sleepy lion cub

2. The Hyena Hierarchy

3. Baby Ellie

4. Leopard takes the plunge for lunch

5.New addition to the pride

Where to go on Your First Safari?

African safaris are high up on travellers’ wish-lists all over the world. And why shouldn’t they be? The whistling yellow plains of the Serengeti, the wide open spaces, the vast blue skies, the feeling of being one with nature, the thrill of spotting wild animals —what’s not to love?

If you’re obsessed with everything ‘Africa’ but you’ve never had the chance to visit, then it’s definitely time to plan your first safari adventure. Planning a safari trip can be really difficult if you don’t know where to start—especially because of the numerous marketing sites that all claim to offer the best safari vacations.

First thing’s first. You need to decide which area of Africa you would like to visit. Africa has two excellent areas for safaris—Eastern Africa and Southern Africa. Eastern Africa consists of Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda, whereas Southern Africa comprises South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia, and Mozambique. Depending on the type of safari that you are dreaming about, you need to select the African country that you would like to visit very carefully. And, you need to keep the weather in mind because you don’t want to get caught up in the rainy seasons in Africa.

If you choose to visit East Africa, the rainy season is over April and May so it’s definitely best to avoid this part of Africa during this time. Southern Africa is a bit different. Its rainy season takes place over January, February, and March, so this is not the best time to go on safari. It’s also important however that you remember that wherever you go, be it a Game Reserve or National Park you will see game. You should also keep in mind that you can see most types of wildlife all over Africa so you don’t really have to choose your destination based solely on game viewing, unless you want to see something very specific.

With the weather in mind, you should then choose which country you would like to visit in Eastern or Southern Africa. This can also be tricky if you don’t know much about the different countries and what they have on offer. We’ve selected the two best places to visit in both Eastern and Southern Africa to narrow down your search.

If you’re thinking of visiting Eastern Africa then Tanzania is absolutely perfect for first time safari-goers. In fact, we go so far as to say that it is the ultimate safari destination for first timers. It is perfectly beautiful and it offers guests a very authentic African feeling. If you plan your safari trip right, you could even be lucky enough to see the Great Migration which is another definite bucket-list experience. Tanzania is also home to the highest volume of big cats on the continent and, without a doubt, it has the biggest concentration of wildlife in Africa. It truly ticks all the boxes—great game viewing, opportunities to indulge in Tanzanian culture by visiting the Maasai, diverse parks, and, of course, the gorgeous beaches.

Another great country to visit in East Africa is Kenya. It is also an excellent first timer safari destination because it is totally geared up for tourists and it is where the word “safari” actually originates.  In Kenya, they know exactly what tourists want, and they get it right every time. If you’re searching for a place that is utterly abundant with wildlife and that is a cultural hub, Kenya is the place to go.

If you’ve decided that you would like to visit Southern Africa for your safari adventure, then South Africa is certainly one of the best places to go. This is especially the case if you are planning to go on a shorter safari—i.e. one that is less than two weeks long. South Africa also boasts the most malaria-free safari experiences in Africa, and it has completely superb Big Five viewing opportunities. South Africa is the best place to visit if you want to experience a plethora of different activities. If you wish to combine your safari adventure with wine tasting in Stellenbosch, a hike up Table Mountain, and thrilling shark cage diving, South Africa is certainly the place for you.

If you would like a more rustic or ‘authentic’ safari experience then Botswana is an excellent option. Botswana is absolutely charming and it is home to the world-famous Okavango Delta which is known to teem with wildlife. A true taste of Africa.

The most important thing to keep in mind when planning your safari trip is to find a travel agency that understands you and exactly what you are looking for. If you’d like to find out how we can design the perfect tailor-made safari for you and your loved ones please get in touch. 

 

Experience of the Month – Walking Safaris

Do you have an adventurous streak within you? Do you love getting up close and personal to wildlife? Do you love being at one with nature? Well then a real African walking safari is an absolute must for your bucket list!

There is no better way to get up-close-and-personal with the African bush, and its wildlife, than to go on a walking safari. It is, without a doubt, the best way to fully experience and appreciate the magical intricacies that make up a regular day out in the bush.

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Even if you’ve had many safari experiences in the past, this iconic adventure will, no doubt, knock your socks off.

You walk in silence, you are at one with nature’s rhythm, and you are completely at peace with the world. The landscape is exquisite and ever-changing. From the Marula trees to the Jackal berries, from the Syringas to the Leadwood trees, from the dry riverbeds to the grassy plains, and to the rocky granite outcrops, there is so much to take in!

The expert guides will lead you every step of the way and ensure that your safety always comes first. Their love for the bush, and their incredible anecdotes about the animals and how and why they do what they do, makes the experience truly authentic and valuable. They will teach you how to judge how big an elephant is from its prints, how to tell how fast a lion is walking, and how to tell the difference between the red-billed and yellow-billed hornbill’s calls—you will learn so much! It’s most definitely the best way to learn about the bush. It certainly makes you wonder why we spend our days, months, and years learning about accounting, marketing, and law, instead of taking the time to stop and just simply appreciate, and fully understand, the world around us. There is just so much that nature can teach us… we just need to let it.

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A walking safari is such an adventure and it really is one way to get to know your friends and family better, too.

You wake to the sounds of birds chirping, lions calling to each other, hyenas reporting on the night’s events, and fish eagles crying, and yet it all seems so still and peaceful. Sitting in the middle of the bush with a hot cup of coffee and a rusk, you wait in quiet anticipation for the sun to peek over the canopy of Mopanis or to rise up above the river. It really is a spiritual experience like no other.

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For the birders among us, a walking safari is a must! There are so many birds of prey to be seen: from bateleurs, to fish eagles, to African hawk eagles. You’ll spot hornbills, barbets, rollers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, kingfishers, vultures, and many more. A walking safari allows you to get much better sightings than you would from a vehicle.

Your heartbeat will slow down to the pace of the African bush, you will go to bed and rise with the sun, and you will feel as though you are a part of something so much bigger—a world that exists out there every day, and that we miss as we race around obliviously, caught up in our corporate lives.

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If you have any questions at all on the possible walking safaris on offer, please contact us. We can design the perfect combination of luxury and adventure just for you, and all in a heartbeat.

 

Africa’s Top Five Romantic Getaways

Planning a romantic getaway with your loved one? We’re here to help you find only the very best destinations in Africa for that couples getaway you’ve been meaning to plan forever! After all, what could be more romantic than surprising your sweetheart with a trip to exciting and majestic Africa? Safaris, wildlife, adventures, spectacular views and delicious food awaits … Here’s our list of the top five romantic escapes—each one is the epitome of supreme luxury, perfectly combined with lavish romance.

  1. Royal Malewane

Positively the paragon of class and refined grandeur, the Royal Malewane is one of our top picks for a great romantic escape. Surrounded by the majestic African wilderness, couples can enjoy the seclusion and romance that can only come from being immersed in Africa’s beauty. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Royal Malewane is truly the queen of African luxury. If a safari is your idea of the perfect romantic escape—and it certainly should be—then this is absolutely the place for you. The Royal Malewane prides itself on the fact that it treats its guests to the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy—perfect for an intimate escapade for you and your darling.

  1. La Residence

Described as the crown jewel of Franschoek, La Residence is a place of abundant opulence ensconced in the middle of the impossible beauty that is the valley of the vineyards. La Residence has been described as one of the best hotels in the whole world, and why wouldn’t it be? It is an absolutely stunning boutique hotel situated in South Africa’s most picturesque valley. A stay at La Residence is definitely something that should be on your bucket-list—the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and your love. La Residence is entirely and unapologetically opulent—luxury that is unrivalled. Each room is extraordinary in its own way—no two rooms look alike, and each one is overwhelming in its beauty. You cannot go wrong at La Residence; its rooms are stunning, the setting is unmatched, and the food is to die for.

  1. White Pearl

Mozambique is the perfect place to spend with your sweetheart. Spectacular, pristine beaches, and outstanding accommodation—like the accommodation offered at the White Pearl—make Mozambique the ultimate romantic getaway destination for couples seeking luxury and perfection. At White Pearl, guests can soak up the summer sun, sip cocktails at the poolside, or venture into or under the turquoise Indian Ocean. Choose from suites that open out onto their very own private beach or suites that are raised up on stilts to showcase the captivating panoramic views of the ocean. Couples can even treat themselves to relaxing spa treatments—all in the comfort of their own suites.

  1. Royal Livingstone

Victorian elegance set in the heart of Africa, the Royal Livingstone is the epitome of old-world charm. Take a stroll in the lush gardens with your loved one and feel the cool Zambezi mist embrace you. Treat yourselves to a luxurious spa treatment in the private gazebo that overlooks the gentle flowing river. And, after a day full of relaxation, you can catch the gorgeous African sunset—with sundecks suspended out over the river you can look out and take in its delightful splendour. To complete each romantic day, you will be able to indulge in a sublime meal under the candle-lit boughs of the Monkey Tree. This is truly a romantic escape to remember.

  1. Ellerman House

Certainly the pinnacle of modern sophistication, and settled on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House is the ultimate destination for old-world romance. The charming Edwardian mansion rests upon Lion’s Head Mountain and overlooks the crystal blue ocean that lies beyond. Not only does Ellerman House boast Africa’s greatest art collection, but it also prides itself on its world-class wine selection. The rooms are light and airy, and absolutely spacious; the food is entirely exquisite; and its prime location makes Ellerman House the ideal place to be if you wish to explore the romantic city of Cape Town.

To find out more about these stunning places, click  here or why not take a look at our Royal Romance Tour which combines the beauty, wilderness, adventure, and excitement of Africa by taking you to four different destinations that define luxury and privacy? We promise it will be a tour to remember!

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“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa… for he has so much to look forward to.” Richard Mullin.

For all those lucky people who haven’t yet ventured towards our exquisite shores… there is so much  that awaits you. To get you just a little excited… here’s just a few snapshots from June in our #monthonInstagram.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samp and Gem Squash Risotto

“This Risotto features Samp as the hero ingredient – replacing risotto rice with an African staple that has a lovely al dente crunch and creaminess. I’ve also added in one of my favourite vegetables – gem squash, for a delicious gentle nuttiness. It’s perfect for our chilly African winter at this time of year, but just as delicious in warmer weather with a chilled glass of white wine. Oh, and yes it tastes even better if you cook it in a traditional South African ‘potjie’ pot :).” Sarah Graham.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 gem squash, halved
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp Willow Creek Olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-2 sprigs fresh rosemary (or use thyme or oregano)
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup samp, rinsed and soaked for at least 2 hours
  • ½ cup Durbanville Hills White wine (optional, otherwise use extra stock)
  • 2 cups good quality chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan (or hard cheese of your choice)
  • Fresh parsley, roughly chopped, to serve (or oregano)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

What to do

1. Add your gem squash halves to a large pot of salted boiling water. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through and the flesh can be easily pierced with a knife. Remove, drain and set aside to cool before removing the seeds.

2. Meanwhile, add your butter and olive oil to a large heavy-based pot over medium-high heat. When the butter starts to foam, add in your chopped onion and herbs and cook for 10 minutes, or until the onions have softened and are translucent.

3. Add in your garlic and samp and stir well until the samp is well coated in any remaining oil and butter. Add in your wine and stir until the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes.

4. Add in your stock gradually, ladle by ladle, and leave to simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until the liquid has been absorbed. Then add the milk until and the samp is cooked through and creamy. Add a little extra water or stock along the way if necessary. It should be creamy and not too dry.

5. Scoop out the flesh of the gem squash and add it to the risotto. Stir until everything is well mixed together. Add in your Parmesan, check for seasoning and serve immediately in warmed bowls with a little extra grated Parmesan and fresh parsley to garnish.

Photo from ‘Sarah Graham’s Food Safari Season 2’ by Ricardo de Leça.

For more of Sarah’s delicious Food Safari recipes click here. 

 

 

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